Farmer registers sheep in school to stop closure over dwindling number of students

Farmer registers sheep in school to stop closure over dwindling number of students

A farmer in France has registered his 15 sheep at a primary school as pupils in a bid to save a class from closure after the authorities threatened to shut it down over dwindling number of learners.

Jules Ferry School in Crêts-en-Belledonne, a village in the Alps northeast of Grenoble, had seen its student numbers fall from 266 to 261 and the school administrators were informed one of its 11 classes would be closed.

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In a report by the BBC, as an act of defiance herder Michel Girerd decided to symbolically register some of his ewes.

He arrived in the school compound with over 50 ewes for a special ceremony that was attended by over 200 teachers, pupils and education officials who witnessed as 15 sheep, with names such as “Baa-bete” and “Saute-Mouton”, were added to the register.

Area Mayor Jean-Louis Maret who attended the function was handed over the birth certificates of the animals which had their names written on it.

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The mayor questioned the "annoying threshold logic" which could prompt such a class closure.

“National education is unfortunately only numbers. And so now, with this surge in numbers, we are good. We can go see the director of academy to assert our rights and save our class," said Gaelle Laval, one of the parents behind the initiative.

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